Angela Ruch

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Angela Ruch
Angela Ruch.jpg
Ruch in 2011
BornAngela Christine Cope
(1983-08-18) August 18, 1983 (age 35)
Puyallup, Washington
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight100 lb (45 kg)
Achievements1995 Tri-Cities Gold Cup Yamaha Class champion
1998 PSGKA Gold Cup Junior Piston Port winner
2002 Lucas Oil Can-Am 150 (Sun Valley Speedway) winner
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
14 races run over 4 years
2018 position68th
Best finish55th (2011)
First race2011 Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 (Iowa)
Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
6 races run over 2 years
Truck no., teamNo. 8 (NEMCO Motorsports)
No. 44 (Niece Motorsports)
2010 position111th
Best finish111th (2010)
First race2010 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2019 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of May 17, 2019.

Angela Christine Ruch (born August 18, 1983) is an American professional stock car racing driver. She and her sister, Amber Cope, made NASCAR history on October 23, 2010 by being the first twins to compete in one of its top three series. That day they made their NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in Martinsville, VA. Amber Cope, driving the No. 6 Dodge, finished 26th, while Angela Cope was involved in two incidents within 18 laps of each other early in the race and finished 30th.

The twins began racing in Go-Karts at age 9. They quickly gained attention by winning poles and races year after year. By age 15 they stepped up to late-model race cars—even before they had driver's licenses.[1] Angela took 1st place in 2002 at the Lucas Oil Can-Am 150 at the Sun Valley Speedway. In 1995, Angela finished 1st and Amber finished 3rd in the Tri-cities Gold Cup "Yamaha Class". By 1998, both sisters were PSGKA Gold Cup winners in the "Junior Piston Port". Both sisters split seat time in 2006 at the ARCA Re/Max Series at Berlin, Gateway, Chicagoland, Milwaukee Mile, and Toledo, Ohio. By 2008, the twins qualified for the ARCA Re/Max Series at Kentucky Speedway, with positions 8 and 15.

She currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports and the No. 44 Silverado for Niece Motorsports.

Family history[edit]

Amber and Angela's grandfather, Donald Cope, began his racing career at age 18 in 1955. Donald drag-raced motorcycles until 1957. Don and his brothers, Guy and Jerry, then raced front-motor top-fuel dragsters in 1958.

By 1964, brothers Don and Jerry moved to the Pacific Northwest and set up residence. They established family business, "The Cope Brothers Machine Shop," in Spanaway, Washington, to support their three children (Derrike, Darren, and Tamara).

In 1966, the brothers got back into the drag-racing scene and took the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Division Six Championship in 1970. Although they were never far from the racing scene, they continued their successful family business. The Cope family has maintained their passion for racing down through the generations.

In 1977, Darren Cope, Amber and Angela's father, made his racing debut in drag racing. Darren and brother Derrike began racing late-model cars in 1979. Darren and Derrike each traded off racing the car on alternate nights. After the first year of Late-Model Racing, Darren decided to pursue other interests, so Derrike's racing career then began in earnest. Derrike raced on the West Coast from 1979–1985. He raced the Winston Cup in 1986 and won the Daytona 500 in 1990.

1983 marked the start of the third generation of Cope racers when fraternal twins Amber and Angela were born to Darren and Mary on August 18.

Amber and Angela currently reside in Davidson, North Carolina.

Racing career[edit]

Angela and Amber Cope became the third generation of Copes to enter into the world of racing, when, at the young age of nine, the girls' parents gave them a go-kart for Christmas and thus began their road to NASCAR. Once they began competing locally, the girls made a name for themselves and became the most accomplished go-kart racers in the Greater Puget Sound region. In their seven years of driving, go-karts included 50 first place wins and setting on pole position 20 times in the Pacific Northwest. Angela also set new track records at five of six tracks in the same region.

At the young age of 15, they progressed to late model race cars even before they had their license to drive. In 2000, a very short time after their debut in late model stock cars they instantly acquired national attention when they were featured on TODAY with host Bryant Gumbel.

As Angela and Amber became more experienced and confident behind the wheel, they knew that in order to pursue a career in NASCAR they would have to leave Washington. They moved across the country to Charlotte, North Carolina to start training with their uncle Derrike. The twins put all of their focus into learning the in and outs of professional racing. They traveled with their Uncle Derrike to every Cup race that he went to and became fixtures on the track and in the pit.

In 2006, the twins split seat time at the Automobile Racing Club of America's (ARCA) Re/Max Series at Berlin, Gateway, Chicagoland, Milwaukee and Toledo, Ohio. In 2008, they qualified for the ARCA Re/Max Series at Kentucky Speedway with positions 8 and 15. The most difficult part of the ARCA Re/Max Series was that they had to share a car. At times, there would be three weeks before one of them would get back into the seat, losing precious learning time; however, it was a great series for the twins performance-wise.

In 2011, Cope competed in four Nationwide Series races. In 2012, she shared the No. 24 SR2 Motorsports Toyota in the series with Amber Cope and Benny Gordon on a part-time schedule.[2] Five years later, now going by Angela Ruch, she made her return to NASCAR's Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 78 B. J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet.[3]

In 2019, Ruch returned to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series with NEMCO Motorsports. She finished a NASCAR career-best 8th at Daytona, her first lead lap finish and the second-highest ever for a female in the Truck Series.[4] In March, Ruch and Niece Motorsports announced she would be tapped to race 12 events in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series starting at Texas Motor Speedway.[5]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 NXSC Pts
2011 TriStar Motorsports 44 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW
28
CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA
25
NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI
DNQ
DOV 55th 56
23 KAN
32
70 CLT
35
TEX PHO HOM
2012 SR² Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT
36
DOV 76th 25
24 MCH
28
ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV
00 Toyota CLT
43
KAN TEX PHO HOM
2017 B. J. McLeod Motorsports 78 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN
30
NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN
32
DOV CLT
35
KAN TEX
38
PHO HOM 66th 14
2018 8 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA
30
IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV 68th 16
38 KAN
29
TEX PHO
RSS Racing 39 Chevy HOM
37

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NGOTC Pts
2010 Daisy Ramirez Motorsports 01 Dodge DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR
30
TAL TEX PHO HOM 111th 73
2019 NEMCO Motorsports 8 Chevy DAY
8
ATL LVS
16
MAR -* -*
Niece Motorsports 44 Chevy TEX
30
DOV KAN
16
CLT
23
TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ARMC Pts
2006 Andy Belmont Racing 1 Ford DAY NSH SLM WIN KEN TOL POC MCH KAN KEN BLN
22
POC GTW NSH MCH ISF 110th 190
DGM Racing 72 Chevy MIL
32
TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL IOW
2008 Rick Markle Racing 68 Dodge DAY SLM IOW KAN CAR KEN TOL POC MCH CAY KEN
29
BLN POC NSH ISF DSF CHI SLM NJE TAL TOL 136th 85

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arca Re/max Berlin (2006) - Angela makes debut in Berlin Bill Catania. Angela Cope to make ARCA debut at Berlin raceway in Andy Belmont's #1
  2. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (February 12, 2012). "Nationwide Series". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  3. ^ Allaway, Phil (July 3, 2017). "Angela Ruch Returns to XFINITY Series With BJ McLeod Motorsports at Kentucky". Frontstretch. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Austin Hill Wins NextEra Energy 250 Demolition Derby At Daytona". Frontstretch. 2019-02-16. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  5. ^ https://speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/gander-outdoors-truck-series-news/48972-nascar-s-angela-ruch-signs-with-niece-motorsports

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